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United States : Georgia

4.3 miles (6.9 km) SW of Forsyth, Monroe, GA, USA
Approx. altitude: 167 m (547 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 96°E

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#2: Streambed near the confluence #3: Me (Ernie) at the spot holding my homemade sign N33 W84 #4: Vic at the spot holding my homemade sign N33 W84 #5: This is the gate we had to skirt around to get in.

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  33°N 84°W (visit #1)  

#1: Different view of streambed

(visited by Ernest Bennett and Vic Dunston)

08-Jan-2000 -- It was partly cloudy, 34 degrees, with a west wind of 3 mph as my friend, Vic and I left at 8 am for our first confluence survey. After a 20-minute stop for a Hardee breakfast, we were on our way north of our hometown of Centerville for the 35-mile drive to the site. I had put the site in as waypoint and let Vic navigate our way north up Interstate 75, skirt Macon on I-475 and on to the town of Forsyth. Taking GA 83 we went soouth 3 miles out of town, driving through alternating fields and forest. Just past Tobesofkee Creek, the road went back up hill and my Garmin emap indicated the confluence was 90 degrees to the right of us, when I spotted a wide pull-off on the right. This turned out to be an old logging road and would lead us almost to the spot. Up about 50 yards from the highway was a metal gate with barbed wire fencing on the left, but nothing on the right except trees. (Pic 5) The land was marked as "Posted -- No Hunting", but figuring we could talk our way out of trouble, we proceeded around the gate. We went around the gate and followed the roadbed to the top of a hill and back down for a 2 tenths of a mile. As we rounded a curve in the road, the GPS started counting down the feet. It got to a measurement of 10.5 feet before it lost reception. This was a very heavily wooded area and we started losing the signal repeatedly. After trampling the area for about 300 feet in all directions, even crossing a 7 foot deep streambed (Pic 1) Vic and I decided that the original spot we measured was as close as we would ever get so we went back to it. I recall the GPS reading N33.00.003 and W084.00.000, but in the excitement of actually finding it, I forgot to snap a picture of the readout. We took turns photographing ourselves at the spot. holding my homemade sign. (Pics 3 & 4) Over our left shoulder tied to a limb is a surveyor's ribbon. Looks like some lucky person was ahead of us!

This is a beautiful spot of unspoiled nature. The second picture (Pic 2) is of the stream that crossed right in front of the confluence. It is a heavily wooded area of both pine and hardwoods. I saw many dogwoods so I can imagine the area come April will be in full bloom and gorgeous.

There is plenty of game in the area. We spotted some super-fresh deer droppings as we walked in, but I resisted the urge to photograph it. I did grab a picture of Vic as we trekked back to the car. (Pic 6)

We had a great time, had some laughs, got some fresh air and exercise. We are already planning our next confluence survey to take place in 3 weeks.


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#1: Different view of streambed
#2: Streambed near the confluence
#3: Me (Ernie) at the spot holding my homemade sign N33 W84
#4: Vic at the spot holding my homemade sign N33 W84
#5: This is the gate we had to skirt around to get in.
#6: Vic on the trek back to the car.
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